LSU T La’el Collins Signs With Dallas Cowboys

Undrafted rookie free agent La’el Collins has signed a three year, fully guaranteed contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced Thursday. Collins, who is arguably the most sought after rookie free agent in draft history, went undrafted amid speculation in his involvement in the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

His signing bonus has been a reported $21,000, but for him, it obviously came down to opportunity more than money.

Collins met with Baton Rouge police on Monday in an attempt to clear his name. His signing obviously signals teams are now comfortable with his situation.

Projected as a first round pick, he could push left guard Ronald Leary for the a starting spot.

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  • William Weaver

    So called best line just got better. Imagine how great a motivated Peterson could be there. Scary!! He could go for 2500

  • steeltown

    Man I hate the Cowboys… almost as much as the Ravens

  • SteelHorseman

    Called this one

  • Ju

    They could have let this lineman for the other teams seriously…….

  • Ben Saluri

    That’s a DEEP O-line.

  • dgh57

    I wanted Collins real bad but at least he didn’t sign with Ratbirds or the Cheatriots!!

  • Zach Bolen

    Yeah sure he wants to goto a place where he can start and has a chance at winning a SB.

  • westcoasteeler

    That suitcase under there has your cleaned laundry. Can’t stand the Cowdonkeys

  • 6 ring circus

    Don’t know how gettable he was for the Steelers, or if they even whispered sweet nothings in his ear, but, I can’t imagine a better pick-up from this draft as far as o-linemen go and he was available to any of the 32 teams. Oh well, bet he goes down as the steal of the 2015 draft.

  • Zarbor

    Hey there, lets get the level of hate straight for today’s game.

    1. Ravens (ugly just like their mommas) lol
    2. Patriots (cheaters never prosper?)
    3. Cowboys (they will still find ways to lose)
    4. Browns (too irrelevant)

    5. Raiders (old school)

  • NinjaMountie

    Welp…saw that one coming. I thought it was NO or Dallas the whole time.

  • LucasY59

    This kinda sucks, I wanted him as a 1st rd pick if Dupree or one of the top 3 CBs were not available (so Im still happy about the Dupree pick) but letting him go undrafted? he could’ve easily upgraded the LG position and solved the problem of a long term replacement for Foster (who is gone after this year) take him as a 7th rd guy (even a 6th) Walton is a long shot to make the roster (and the other 2 picked after him will have a tough time as well) with the Talent that was available late in the Draft I am a little disappointed, Collins, IEO, and either Holliman or Chickillo should’ve been the last 3 picks (or trade next years 6th for an extra 7th this year and get all 4, Collins more than makes up for an extra late rd pick, and they will have to use a higher pick next year to replace Foster anyway) the smoke his agent was blowing about not signing a contract if he was drafted before the 4th rd, I’m pretty sure the league wouldn’t let him enter next years draft, so he had no leverage in saying he would hold out, and no extra benefit either (pretty sure he gets paid less in signing bonus and minimum salary as a UDFA, unless Jerry is giving him extra under the table)

  • Anthony Glenn

    Ravens (Ravens pay attention to our draft so they can figure out how to beat us)
    Patriots (Once Brady leaves next year team will be a non factor)
    Cowboys (not relevant anymore)
    49ers (becoming more and more garbage)

    in that order is how i hate these teams.

  • steeltown

    I’d put Cincinnati up there at #4 and take the Browns off of the TOP 5 list…. I almost feel bad for them

  • Steeler Fanatic

    This is bull… So, a random team can sign him… This is wrong. The NFL should have him entered the supplement draft. Or do a lottery based on record… 25 teams had no chance. It is BS… Next we will hear Brady gets a $5 fine.

  • LucasY59

    Romo is not winning a SB, Dez is gone after this year (they can’t afford what he thinks he’s worth) one of the 4 lineman will leave as a FA (cant afford to pay 4 top tier lineman) Gregory and Hardy will barely be able to play (suspended all the time) and Murray was the main reason they had a good season last year and they let him go, maybe if they somehow get AP they could contend, but the Vikings are going to want a big ransom for him (and he is nearing the expiration date for ALL RBs, he might be ok after 30, but he wont be the best RB in the league anymore)

  • LucasY59

    cant beat Jerry’s cash

  • LucasY59

    sometimes you have to feel bad for the clowns, but its pretty embarassing when the Steelers lose to them

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    What a crock!

  • steeltown

    Most definitely. But, I dislike them the least out of the Division and nowhere near as much as New England, Dallas or Oakland

  • LucasY59

    that is what happens when all 32 teams pass on him multiple times and he goes undrafted, you are correct there was probably only 4-5 teams that he really considered, but if they wanted him that bad they should’ve drafted him. (I think the Steelers should’ve drafted him)

    It was an unprecedented occurrence for a 1st rd talent to go UDFA, and after the information was released that he was (more than likely) innocent, every team wanted to sign him (because he was the most valuable UDFA ever) the regulations for the Supplemental Draft state that he was ineligible for it, and since this is the first time something like this has ever happened they didnt have a policy to handle it correctly.

    I am suspicious of how or why he chose the cowboys over the other 31 teams (and I wouldn’t put it past Jerry to find a way to make him signing with them more lucrative than the 3 year min salary deal he signed)

  • Steeler Fanatic

    And he said if got drafted after round 3 he would sit out.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Jerry Jones probably gave him keys to his mansion!

  • Richard Kim

    Wow!!!
    Byron Jones
    Randy Gregory
    And now La’el Collins
    Wow…..

  • Terrence Phelps

    Money Talks

  • walter mason

    Yea we should have drafted him in the 7th round to lock him up. We could even have possibly traded him to Dallas.

  • Devon Day

    …. Well, that solves that then. Desperation came knocking and La’el heeded the call. Glad he is on a team he can succeed…. unlike some users on this site; two in particular which I won’t name.

  • Devon Day

    …. Or the Dallas market.

  • Richard Kim

    Holy crap you’re right!
    Maybe 2000 before week 14!

  • VIPSteel

    I mean he has a choice as to where he plays. He chose the Cowboys.

  • Devon Day

    ? Peterson is on the Cowboys?

  • Brian Miller

    He is really getting screwed out of millions…pretty crap situation to be sure, he deserves better.

  • T R

    but he claim he would not have signed if drafted after 7th round. he was just going to sit out the year. so i guess no one wanted to risk that. Hell i would risk him sitting out for a 7th round or compensatory pick.

  • William Weaver

    No. Just imagining if the rumors are true that the Cowboys didn’t draft a RB because they still want him how good a season he could have there.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Seriously. You KNOW Jerry is paying him on the side.

    That’s why (if you’re the Steelers) you have to DRAFT the kid.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Even before the draft I was saying I would spend a 3rd round pick on him.

    If he’s guilty, you lose the pick. But it’s not like you lose any more than you did on Dri Archer or Curtis Brown or Kraig Urbik?

    If he’s innocent, you get a pro bowl talent. And his agent basically promised he would sign a four year deal with no problems.

    I just don’t understand.

  • Devon Day

    .. Such is life. He will get the starting job anyway.

  • steelster

    Hey, i got this one right.

  • The rich get richer…

  • Axe Skot

    Of course he did.

  • Jason

    I felt bad for the Browns for a long time and even hoped they’d return to relevance to rekindle the rivalry. Until they spanked us last year and their fans lost their minds. Now I hope they suck for 20 more years.

  • kristopher fine

    Romo is a franchise QB and could win a SB just as easily as Ben if Dallas had a defense. have you watched Romo in the pocket? the guy is like Houdini. Him and Ben are magical in the pocket. Dallas could be a serious contender this year. if the defense can stay healthy they could be one of the top teams in the NFC/NFL. Murray was not the main reason they had a good season last year and that’s why they let him go. The line is the main reason they had a good season last year.

  • kristopher fine

    i don’t understand not using a 7th round pick on him even if he won’t sign it. he can’t play for any other NFL team this year if you drafted him. and maybe he doesn’t want to sit out a year when it’s all said and done and he signs. you never know. definitely worth a 7th rounder, maybe even a 3rd.

  • Steeler Fanatic

    it is not him, it is the process.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    Absolutely agree. I felt we should take a 3rd round pick on him in the 1st place. Talk about value there. So much so it was worth the risk. And then I felt the same later in the draft. 7th round? Why not? Almost nothing to lose, but possibly 1st round talent in the 7th? And I would like to know if the Steelers even attempted to sign him. He has a better chance of starting now with us than the Cowboys. I have to wonder what our FO thought about this kid.

    But what I really don’t understand is why the league wouldn’t honor his request to go in the supplemental draft? This way teams would know what they would be getting (murderer or innocent man). This would be fair to him money wise if some team would’ve used a 1st round pick on him. Nothing lost if it turned out he was involved with the murder. This seems like the perfect candidate for the supplemental. And the NFL knows the police were questioning him and that teams became leary of him. It is not like he was trying to take advantage of the supplemental draft. It would have been fair to all the teams and him, but nope, lets not do it that way.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    That is why there was probably only a couple teams that could sign him. It was wrong for the league to not honor his wishes and put him into the supplemental draft.

  • LucasY59

    “fair to all teams and him, but nope, lets not do it that way” seems to be the definition of badell’s NFL (It makes too much sense to let him go to the supplemental draft) and money bags Jerry doesn’t get another free 1st rd pick, I hope the shady moves of having Hardy and Gregory on the team comes and bites him in the @$$ (and maybe even Collins, who isn’t totally clear on this yet, looks like he is innocent tho)

  • westcoasteeler

    He coulda told the Rooney’s that he wouldn’t sign if we drafted him in the seventh. Caused other problems. One thing I know is problems always follow problems.

  • LucasY59

    Dallas has been a pretender for a long time, isnt going to change anytime soon

  • LucasY59

    Romo usually finds a way to lose, thats the difference between him and Ben.

    The Line helped Murray have a great year (and they should be even better with Collins) but McFadden is not Murray, and Dez will go full Diva this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if they completely fell apart this year, too much pressure from the success of last season

  • Ike Evans

    Man, what a pick up for Dallas im salty we couldn’t get him

  • Zarbor

    Can’t disagree with that one. Especially with that annoying “Who Dey”….I’ll add them.

  • Ugh. Too bad. But I figured he’d end up staying in the south, like New Orleans or Miami, rather than signing with, say, Buffalo.

    I never really thought the Steelers had a shot, even though it’s a great organization with great fans. But wouldn’t it have been interesting if we’d taken him in the seventh, or even earlier? Wouldn’t that have been worth the risk?

    I’ve been away from the news today. Anyone know why he picked loathsome, detestable Dallas?

  • JNick

    He was not allowed in the supplemental draft because
    A. It sets a precedent for future situations where a players draft may drop so he opts out of the draft
    B. The supplemental draft is for players who are deemed ineligible for the regular draft. He wouldn’t qualify based on that alone.

  • Hypo Cycloid

    I don’t see how this sets precedence when it is a special and serious investigation. Just for stock slipping wouldn’t be a good reason. The NFL could’ve said not eligible at this time due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • Alejandro Caballero

    Now I’m really scared, I would had use the third round on him instado of Coats

  • CW

    Well apparently Collins was a Cowboys fan or at least seemed to be according to his statement. Wish the Steelers had been in the mix or that Collins had at least looked at other offers first, but it looks like Collins had his mind made up before he was even cleared.

  • WIINGY

    they hit big this year. especially Randy Gregory in the 2nd if can stay clean.

  • Roger G

    What you think RT or G?

  • keith evans

    we should have drafted him in round three – period. The only saving grace is, that he is obviously keen on the cowgirls, maybe a fan?…that’s never a good thing.

  • JNick

    The precedent would be that if you’re stock slips for reasons out of your control you can remove yourself and go to the supplemental draft. But again that is a moot point because the supplemental draft is only for players who are ineligible for the regular draft, which he wasn’t. Just bad circumstances for the poor kid, but he’s still a millionaire either way.

  • Devon Day

    Guard. He’s actually going to start.

  • HiVul

    “could”